Eagles 2014 1st-round pick Marcus Smith didn’t have a single tackle as a rookie.
Former Philadelphia Eagles assistant coach Tra Thomas was highly critical of Eagles rookie DE Marcus Smith, hinting that Smith is too small to play right now.
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One week after being fired from the Philadelphia Eagles as an assistant LBs coach, Thomas went on Philly Sports Talk and shared his mind on Smith.
“He’s definitely going to have to get a little stronger out there because when you look at even his body type, he has the build of like a high school athlete still – a young college athlete,” Thomas said Friday’s edition of the show. “He needs to put on probably about a good 15 to 20 more pounds so he can really execute and be a effective out there.”
The No. 26 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft out of Louisville, Smith was only given 74 defensive snaps as a rookie and did not record a single tackle or tick on the stat sheet. He was drafted a full two rounds ahead of San Francisco 49ers LB Chris Borland, who lit up the NFL in November with his play, earning Defensive Rookie of the Month honors as well.
Thomas played 11 seasons as the starting LT of the Eagles, earning 3 Pro Bowls and an All-Pro selection while blocking for QB Donovan McNabb under former head coach Andy Reid. Thomas is also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team along with former teammates McNabb, Jon Runyan, Brian Westbrook and Brian Dawkins.